Odisha authorities plans to improve 100 excessive faculties to greater secondary faculties from the following tutorial session to comprise dropout price, a measure of social growth.

College and mass schooling minister Samir Ranjan Sprint mentioned the steps to improve faculties can be carried out within the blocks the place greater secondary faculties exist.

‚ÄúCollege students typically are inclined to drop out after passing matriculation both as a result of many faculties should not have Plus II or as a result of absence of schools in shut proximity. Upgrading faculties to greater secondary by together with Plus II may also profit lady college students,” mentioned Sprint. As per newest information obtainable, the dropout price was 16.06 per cent in Odisha as towards the nationwide common of 16.1 per cent.

In 2020-21, greater than 49,000 college students had dropped out of college earlier than getting into greater secondary degree, together with 15,792 tribal and 11,045 college students from the Scheduled Caste class. A survey by the Girls and Youngster Improvement division had discovered that 7,717 adolescent ladies (within the age group of 11 to 14 years) had dropped out of college within the 2021-22 tutorial session. In 2019-20, 8,168 college students had dropped out after secondary faculty. Sprint mentioned other than benefiting the scholars, the transfer would play a big position in containing the dropout price within the state.

The transfer to improve these faculties comes amid criticism from completely different quarters for the excessive dropout price. The state authorities got here beneath criticism from a number of quarters following studies that over 43,000 college students abstained from showing for the matriculation examination performed this yr.

A five-point program was then mooted to deliver again these college students to colleges. Below the plan, lecturers are required to undertake door-to-door visits and maintain discussions with the mother and father and college students. The transfer aimed toward convincing the mother and father to ship their kids to highschool.

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